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The Art of Food: Good Enough to Eat!

Everyone loves food, right? The smell, the taste, the look of your favorite food is just irresistible. Who can stop themselves from enjoying a tart and juicy apple, the smell of freshly baked bread, sweet and crunchy candy or a refreshing salad? I can’t! We get to see amazing art with our competition books and sometimes I can just feel my mouth start to water when a good piece of food art pops up on the screen. ... Read More »

Studio Saturdays: Recycled Journal

I am constantly amazed at how you, the readers of Cloth Paper Scissors, interpret the projects that appear in each issue. No one takes a cookie cutter approach to creating mixed-media art—you always make it your own. In that same spirit, for today’s Studio Saturday I created a recycled journal, based on Seth Apter’s Inspiration Journal that’s featured in the September/October issue of the magazine. This no-sew book made up of single sheets is so ... Read More »

How to Use Hand Lettering for This Year’s Holiday Cards

The look of hand lettering can be seen everywhere you turn these days. It’s a look we love because, in a digital world, something so obviously created by hand speaks to us and reminds us of our shared humanity, or at least, that’s my view. Consider having fun with hand lettering this year as you think about making your own holiday cards to share with friends and loved ones. Hand Lettering is Not Scary! Hand ... Read More »

Meet the hobby artist: Jyoti Tibrewal

Meet the hobby artist: Jyoti Tibrewal

I had the pleasure to speak with a hobby artist who was one of the first few artists to register on Artsmelange – Jyoti Tibrewal. I had my questions ready before we began the interview.  Without further ado let’d get to it. Me: Where do you get your inspiration? JT: As a hobby artist I usually copy established paitings or whatever is trending at that time. Me: You use a lot of color in your ... Read More »

How to Use Photography to Create the Perfect Image

There are many tools painters would not part with—two being the camera and reference photos. Reference photos allow artists to take a second, third even tenth look at an element to be painted. Photo manipulation, be it on the computer screen or as rudimentary as cutting and pasting, frees us to arrange elements in a way to create a composition we find most pleasing. We asked acrylic artist Bernie Hubert to walk us through his ... Read More »

An Authentic and Easy Artist’s Statement | 10 Powerful Tips

Do you dread the process of writing your artist’s statement? Is there such a thing as writing an easy artist’s statement? It’s my hope that the 10 tips here can make the process feel more authentic and much less daunting. An artist’s statement is a general introduction to your work. It is different from a bio, which can focus more on your history, representation, awards and so on. A good statement is like salt to ... Read More »

Pouring Acrylic Paint, Tips and Tricks with Nancy Reyner

Contemporary acrylic paintings often showcase a wide variety of special effects—especially when the imagery is abstract. (Think Jackson Pollock, Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler.) Many of those effects can be achieved by pouring acrylic paint. Pouring is a great way to smooth out unwanted texture, get marbleized effects, rich colored glazes, and add some fun to your painting process. Although pouring is a relatively simple technique, it is not always easy. There are two categories ... Read More »

10 Easy Sketchbook Tips to Make Art You’ll Enjoy Now

Ever wanted to keep a sketchbook but you weren’t sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve been sketching for a long time but need a little pick me up. Take a look at these ten tips on keeping a sketchbook to help you develop your own sketchbook practice! There are many sketchbook options available. –Image courtesy of Cathy Johnson 1. Make It Yours A sketchbook doesn’t need to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to be ... Read More »

Technique Tuesdays: 10 Tips for Artful Doodling

Now that artful doodling has claimed is place, we can fully celebrate the incredible techniques artists incorporate to create their swirls, flourishes, patterns, and marks. Want to take your own skills even further? That’s as simple as following some of the inventive and easy ideas from doodle artists who have discovered unique ways to draw, paint, and even carve gorgeous designs. Read on to discover 10 great tips for unique artful doodling: Artwork by Jenn ... Read More »

In The Studio With Jerry Weiss

Oil painter Jerry Weiss takes us in the studio in our November 2016 issue for a session on figure painting, and how the creative mind is constantly in flux. Late this spring I returned to paint in my studio after an absence of some months. My subject was a talented student artist who agreed to sit late in the day, once or twice a week, after finishing up at her regular summer job. We typically worked ... Read More »

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